Running & Pregnancy

I am 10 wks today with baby#4, pregnancy #5.  here is a brief recap of the first go rounds:

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Baby #1:  I had stopped training pretty hard because we were having a hard time getting pregnant.  In fact, it was 13months, so the doctor called to schedule me for fertility shots and I was happy to tell them I didn’t need them!  I ran for 32 weeks.  I gained about 30-35 lbs, though honestly, I stopped looking, because it is pretty hard at the end.  I was very careful in regards to my training (not my weight).  I kept dreaming of delivering a baby with eyes that rolled around in her like an old doll.  I didn’t.  I had a healthy baby boy.  I first ran 6weeks after the birth (2miles), and I was the sorest I had ever been in my whole life!

Baby #2: Surprise! I’m pregnant.  I had just started to break 20min in a 5k again, and then suddenly I couldn’t.  I thought I was not getting my period because of breastfeeding and “getting skinny” but that was not it.  Baby #2, the best surprise ever.  I was scared because my first son was a terror of a newborn but I knew I didn’t want an only child…so eventually I would have to deal with a newborn again, but surprise, my #2 was an angel, sweet and wonderful in all the ways you can imagine!  I was not careful about my running, I just read that I could keep doing what I was and maintained that.  I ran a 22min 5k at about 6 or 7 months.  I ran up until 10 days before he was born.  I was back in 3weeks. racing low 19min in the 5k by the time my son was 3 or 4months.

Pregnancy #3:  I miscarried at 9 weeks, and although my running had nothing to do with it, I was in really great shape when I got pregnant, and tried to maintain that level.  I also drank a lot of coffee during this time, and I think that was more of a factor than running.

Baby #3:  I ran an 18:29 right before I confirmed this pregnancy.  I tried to stay at about 40miles a week, or at least that effort, combining pool running and lap swimming.  I was more careful than with Baby #2, because of the loss before.  I ran races for fun, but didn’t push it.  I ran up until about 37 weeks..then I ran the day before I had my daughter, just 5k, but something!